Sacred Harp Singing
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at BostonSacredHarp.org

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In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil
May
2
5:30 PM17:30

In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil

Join your fellow community members in standing out and speaking up for racial justice and human rights.  Vigils have been held on the first Thursday of every month since December, 2015.  Vigils include speakers and moments of silence.  Speak out against white supremacy from  5:30 - 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Sacred Harp Singing
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at BostonSacredHarp.org

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 JP Concerts:  Orkestra Marhaba | Modal Glimmers
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

JP Concerts: Orkestra Marhaba | Modal Glimmers

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 - 8PM 
JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents 
Orkestra Marhaba

>>> ABOUT THE CONCERT 
Works from the Ottoman court tradition, dance forms and songs in the makam (modal) tradition, set to varying cycles of percussion. Sets typically begin and end with taksim (improvisation) either with a soloist or the entire group. At other times, improvisation occurs spontaneously over an ostinato, within or between pieces.

>>> ABOUT THE GROUP 
Orkestra Marhaba is a performance and study group whose purpose is to explore and interpret Middle Eastern makam (modal) traditions over several centuries and geographies, specializing in the spontaneous improvisational genre known by the term taksim. The improvisational and composed music is set to a variety of odd and even rhythms. Performers: Frederick Stubbs Diana Traylor Volkan Efe Shanteri Baliga and special guests.

Performers: 
Frederick Stubbs 
Diana Traylor 
Emel Ergul 
Volkan Efe 
Shanteri Baliga 
and special guests

>>> VENUE / TICKETS 
St. John's Church - 1 Roanoke Ave. Jamaica Plain, MA 
 
$15 General Admission  
$10 Student / Senior / Member 
Pay What You Can 
Season Passes Available

Available online or at the door 
House open 30 min before concert 
Venue is wheelchair accessible, restrooms require assistance for wheelchairs.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Lenten Book Group
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Lenten Book Group

Lenten Book Group - the parish will read The Dream of God, by Verna Dozier, during Lent beginning with a discussion of chapter 1 led by Ted on Sunday March 10th. The group will meet for about one hour after church in the church office or sanctuary. All are invited to participate! The ebook is available for download from the Boston Public Library or Amazon  (available new or used) or order from your favorite bookstore.Many will recognize the title and author's name from Ted’s sermon on the role of the laity in the Episcopal Church. This promises to be a thought-provoking and community-building experience - don't miss out!

"Through her adept storytelling and Bible study, Verna Dozier reawakens our sense of calling and our desire for the truth", back cover, Church Publishing.

Please read one chapter each week prior to the discussion:

 March 10 - discuss chapter 1

 March 17 - discuss chapter 2

 March 24 - discuss chapter 3

 March 31 - discuss chapter 4

 April 7 - discuss chapter 5

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Interfaith Rally for Peace

Invitation to the April 4 Rally for Peace from J.P. Interfaith Clergy Group

Peace.  Salaam. Shalom.  

We, members of the Jamaica Plain Interfaith Clergy Group in partnership with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute invite you to a Rally for Peace on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church on Centre Street.  Our featured speakers will be the Institute’s Executive Director, Clemntina Chéry and the Rev. Darrell Hamilton on a night of songs and celebrations of peace.

As people of faith, in solidarity with all people of goodwill, we of the J.P. Interfaith Clergy Group are committed to peace in our selves, in our houses of worship and in our community.  In the city of Boston, one of the great champions of the cause of peace for our city is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. For 25 years, in response to the worst tragedy imaginable, the Peace Institute and its executive director, Clemntina Chéry, have tended a space for all those who suffer the effects of murder, trauma, grief and loss to heal and move towards peace while also teaching the essential skills of peace-making to children, youth and adults to interrupt the cycle of violence in the first place.

The work of the Peace Institute is sustained by its biggest fundraiser, an annual Walk for Peace through the streets of Boston on Mother’s Day.  This year will be the 23rd Walk. As it seeks to expand its work in our city, the Peace Institute has set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2019’s walk.   

Holding this Rally for Peace following the Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter and on the anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will be inviting and challenging our communities of faith to come together for the Rally for Peace and take up the work of participating in this year’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.  We invite and encourage you, our neighbors and friends, to come to this Rally for Peace on Thursday, April 4 and to join the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, Sunday, May 12. Together, we can partner with the Louis D. Brown Institute for Peace to make our neighborhood and our city a more peaceful, compassionate and just home for us all.

Peace. Salaam. Shalom.

Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Rev. Darrell R. Hamilton II
Rev. Courtney Jones
Rabbi Victor Reinstein
Rev. Elizabeth Bukey
Carrington George Moore, M.Div.
The Rev. Dr. Ted Cole, Jr.

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In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil

Join your fellow community members in standing out and speaking up for racial justice and human rights.  Vigils have been held on the first Thursday of every month since December, 2015.  Vigils include speakers and moments of silence.  Speak out against white supremacy from  5:30 - 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Monthly Chamber Music Meetup at St. Johns
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Monthly Chamber Music Meetup at St. Johns

Are you an amateur musician who has wanted to get back to playing classical music in small groups on a regular basis?  Chamber Music at St. John's offers the opportunity to do just that. Get together once a month on a Sunday afternoon with other like-minded amateurs at all levels to read through trios, quartets, quintets etc. The first meetup will be on Sunday January 27, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 pm at St. John's.  Bring your instrument(s), music stand, stand light, and music you would like to play. All ages and levels welcomed as long as you are able to read sheet music There is one piano available. To sign up, contact Jean Petree at email jean.petree@gmail.com.

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Lenten Book Group
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Lenten Book Group

Lenten Book Group - the parish will read The Dream of God, by Verna Dozier, during Lent beginning with a discussion of chapter 1 led by Ted on Sunday March 10th. The group will meet for about one hour after church in the church office or sanctuary. All are invited to participate! The ebook is available for download from the Boston Public Library or Amazon  (available new or used) or order from your favorite bookstore.Many will recognize the title and author's name from Ted’s sermon on the role of the laity in the Episcopal Church. This promises to be a thought-provoking and community-building experience - don't miss out!

"Through her adept storytelling and Bible study, Verna Dozier reawakens our sense of calling and our desire for the truth", back cover, Church Publishing.

Please read one chapter each week prior to the discussion:

 March 10 - discuss chapter 1

 March 17 - discuss chapter 2

 March 24 - discuss chapter 3

 March 31 - discuss chapter 4

 April 7 - discuss chapter 5

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Trivia and Karaoke Night!
Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Trivia and Karaoke Night!

Shake off Winter with an Evening of Trivia and Karaoke!

Saturday, March 30

6 - 8:30 pm

Come test your trivia knowledge and/or singing skills at St. John's first
Trivia and Karaoke night, emceed by our very own Rev. Ted Cole! 

Bring some friends to form a team, or join a team that night to test your knowledge of the essential and inessential in between sessions of karaoke. There will be fabulous prizes for the winning team!

Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be provided. Dessert is pot luck - please RSVP in the invitation if you can bring a sweet to share. BYOB!

There will be no childcare offered, but children are welcome to participate!  Please include the number of adults and children in the RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Suggested donation:
$5 per person, $10 per family or pay what you can.

All Are Welcome! We hope to see you there!

RSVP online

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Sacred Harp Singing
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at BostonSacredHarp.org

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Lenten Book Group
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Lenten Book Group

Lenten Book Group - the parish will read The Dream of God, by Verna Dozier, during Lent beginning with a discussion of chapter 1 led by Ted on Sunday March 10th. The group will meet for about one hour after church in the church office or sanctuary. All are invited to participate! The ebook is available for download from the Boston Public Library or Amazon  (available new or used) or order from your favorite bookstore.Many will recognize the title and author's name from Ted’s sermon on the role of the laity in the Episcopal Church. This promises to be a thought-provoking and community-building experience - don't miss out!

"Through her adept storytelling and Bible study, Verna Dozier reawakens our sense of calling and our desire for the truth", back cover, Church Publishing.

Please read one chapter each week prior to the discussion:

 March 10 - discuss chapter 1

 March 17 - discuss chapter 2

 March 24 - discuss chapter 3

 March 31 - discuss chapter 4

 April 7 - discuss chapter 5

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